Planning + Design

At S&ME, our Project Managers think like a client’s advisor, not an expert for hire. We ask questions, listen and advise. With a broad understanding of the client’s business objectives we apply our specialty. Our continued success is built on the foundation of strong lines of communication, in-depth experience with planning and design issues, effective quality control measures throughout all stages of a project’s development, and the active participation and direct input of all team members. This process of sharing lessons learned among the team members and continually improving through all our operations is a proven strategy for maximizing value for the Owner and minimizing unanticipated problems during construction.

S&ME’s land design team focuses on creating authentic and sustainable towns, communities, waterfronts and resorts. We are exceptional in our unique team approach to creating memorable designs, inspiring constructive community involvement, and inventing powerful solutions for capital projects that are easy to implement. We strive to be the best in the nation in all of our specializations for both our clients and our employees.

Our mission is to create vibrant, sustainable communities. S&ME understands the competitive nature of providing consultant services and that is why our philosophy is “the client always comes first.” Our multi-disciplinary team focuses on the sustainable growth of urban communities and the protection of our natural and agricultural lands in order to create healthy, vibrant, and livable neighborhoods nationwide.

When you are relying on a firm to assist with planning strategic and important developments, you need to know that they have proven expertise in a wide array of skills ranging from establishing plans and developing new code, to the practical day-to-day implementation of capital projects. We have served as the planners and engineers for several jurisdictions and utility districts throughout the Southeast. S&ME offers extensive experience in the following areas:

  • Growth management and comprehensive planning
  • Form based code and design guidelines
  • Historic preservation
  • Land development regulations
  • Visioning and community consensus building
  • Development review and adjunct services
  • Developments of regional impact
  • Housing studies
  • Branding
  • Impact fees
  • Community redevelopment
  • Intergovernmental coordination
  • Economic development
  • Strategic planning/entitlements
  • Expert testimony
  • Transportation planning
  • Fiscal planning
  • Land acquisition assistance
  • Grant writing
  • Mapping and GIS services

S&ME is a people-oriented team that believes in consensus building. We have facilitated many public forums, workshops, and design charrettes to assist clients in developing their ideas and bringing them into reality. Our visioning processes include a wide range of creative public participation techniques, such as photographic surveys by residents and community stakeholders, facilitating hands-on familiarization tours to examine built examples of different development styles in surrounding communities, gathering critical community and stakeholder input through on-line preference surveys, holding public design workshops to identify potential community-based improvements, and establishing consensus among stakeholder groups to facilitate a stimulating process and rigorous community involvement that results in a shared community vision.

Community Planning

S&ME has extensive experience in providing traditional City planning services for local governments including Comprehensive Planning, Land Development Code Updates, Small Area Plans and Development Review Services…

Economic Development and Redevelopment

S&ME’s economic development and redevelopment services’ team can address your economic development and redevelopment needs and long-term objectives. Turning a blighted area into a thriving economic engine is what we do best.

Land Development

Developing or improving the use of land, S&ME assists private developers and local municipalities with a wide range of design and planning services. We focus on land development design, including large and small scale land use planning, master…

Landscape Architecture

Landscape architecture is part science, part art. There is a delicate balance between the natural and the built environment, a tension between open space and fixed form. Taking a multidisciplinary approach, our landscape architects combine dynamic…

Land Surveying

S&ME’s professional surveyors have broad experience providing land surveying services to public and private sector clientele. All of our survey projects are managed by registered professional land surveyors, with the support of in-house technicians…

Master Planning

Visualization of a project prior to schematic design leads to improved decision making and more efficient, sustainable designs. Seeing how the project interacts with a site, the possible constraints that may be encountered, and exploring…

Site Civil Engineering

S&ME has managed the infrastructure planning, surveying, site engineering and permitting of well over 5,000 projects over a wide range of conditions throughout the U.S. We are experienced in engineering and project management involving infrastructure…

Transportation Planning and Traffic Engineering

S&ME understands the inextricable relationship between transportation and land use. Our planners, urban designers, landscape architects, scientists and engineers are committed to an interdisciplinary approach that emphasizes safety…